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What exactly is an asthma attack?

What exactly is an asthma attack?

Difficulty breathing: Asthma is due inflammation in the breathing tubes with mucus -- which causes narrowing of the tubes. It is often caused by allergies. Infection cold air. An allergist can help you figure out the cause and talk to you about an effective treatment plan. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Definition)

A disease of the lungs caused by chronic inflammation of the airways most often caused by allergies. This inflammation results in airway swelling and hyperactivity leading to difficulty breathing, shortness of ...Read more


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What exactly happens during an asthma attack?

What exactly happens during an asthma attack?

Attack...: During an asthma exacerbation, the inflammatory cascade in the airway is triggered leading to bronchospasm and airway inflammation. The airways become swollen and fill with inflammatory by-products like white blood cells, mucous, etc. Treatment is aimed at relieving the bronchospasm and inflammation. ...Read more

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What exactly is the most common way to get an asthma attack?

What exactly is the most common way to get an asthma attack?

Difficult to answer: Many asthmatics have allergies and exposure to that allergen can trigger an attack. Some have exercise induced asthma or cold air induced. Emotions (laughing, crying, etc) have also been shown to cause an attack. ...Read more

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What is an asthma attack?

What is an asthma attack?

Exacerbation...: An asthma "attack" is an acute exacerbation of asthma caused by bronchospasm and inflammation of the airways. These exacerbations are recurrent but patients are often completely normal between attacks. Symptoms during the episode include wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath. Patients may have low oxygen levels during the attack. Patients with these symptoms need immediate eval. ...Read more

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What causes an asthma attack?

What causes an asthma attack?

Many triggers: Asthma starts with inflammation of the airways. That inflammation can be triggered by many exposures, such as allergies, infections, and weather changes. Irritants like cigarette smoke and dust can also start an asthma attack. Exercise for many people can also cause symptoms. In the last few years, acid reflux has been recognized as a cause for asthma. Avoiding & controlling these prevents attacks. ...Read more

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Can plants cause asthma attack?

Can plants cause asthma attack?

Asthma: If you are allergic to pollen yes you can have asthma from certain pollenating plants, see an allergist and determine what your triggers are to know what to avoid. ...Read more

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What to do to ease asthma attack?

What to do to ease asthma attack?

See below: Use your asthma meds like albuterol for the rescue and then steroids for the reduction of the inflammation. If not helping, see doc asap. ...Read more

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How to be safe from asthma attack?

How to be safe from asthma attack?

Maintenance med: Take flovent, advair, or some other asthma maintenance medicine as your first treatment. Asthma attacks occur when your maintenance treatment is overwhelmed and needs the assistance of an immediate-acting med such as albuterol. Avoid allergy and other asthma triggers, like smoke or fumes; and hopefully, then you will be able to avoid asthma attacks. ...Read more

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What can trigger an asthma attack?

What can trigger an asthma attack?

Many things : Anything from cold air to animal dander to anything you may have allergies to. The best thing is to get tested by your physician. If necessary an allergist or pulmonologist may be needed. ...Read more

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How long can an asthma attack last?

How long can an asthma attack last?

Varies: An "attack" can last from a few hours to days, depending on how well and how soon it is treated. Inflammation and bronchoconstriction (narrowing of the airways) need to be addressed in an exacerbation - the former with systemic steroids and the latter with bronchodilators (ex. Albuterol). Often, bronchodilators may be enough. ...Read more

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What to do during an asthma attack?

What to do during an asthma attack?

Rescue inhaler: A rescue inhaler (ie albuterol) is probably the best choice. If attacks are frequent and/or severe, an "asthma action plan" should be developed between you and your physician. This will spell out exactly what steps are to be taken. ...Read more

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Can i almost have an asthma attack?

Can i almost have an asthma attack?

Almost?: Shortness of breath does not necessarily mean asthma. Many people get this but do not have asthma. To make sure, get tested by your physician- its easy. Good luck. ...Read more

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How long does an asthma attack last?

How long does an asthma attack last?

Varies...: Asthma exacerbation can last for a few minutes to a few days to weeks depending on the degree of bronchospasm and inflammation and how it responds to routine therapy. The earlier in the exacerbation a person seeks help, the sooner it typically responds. ...Read more

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How badly could an asthma attack be?

How badly could an asthma attack be?

It can be bad: Asthma is a chronic airway inflammatory disease and can present with acute attack of asthma which can be mild,moderate or severe Patients with Asthma often carry resque inhalers with them and are trained to use them when they get an acute attack and some acute attacks are so severe that those patients end up admitted to hospital for treatment Most can be and are controlled at home these days ...Read more

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What to do incase of an asthma attack?

Rescue inhaler: Take your rescue inhaler (albuterol, proair, ventolin, xopenex) 2-6 puffs if you're having an attack. You can give it up to three times, 20 minutes apart, but if your symptoms do not improve, you should immediately go see a doctor for further evaluation. If your attacks are frequent, schedule a visit to your physician who can recommend maintenance medications to alleviate your symptoms. ...Read more

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What do I do if I have an asthma attack?

What do I do if I have an asthma attack?

Follow your plan: Hopefully, you have a written plan for those situations. You use your rescue medications (inhalers) and may also possibly need steroids for a few days. If your bronchodilators do not provide relief, you may need to call your doctor or 911. ...Read more

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Is there a trigger for an asthma attack?

Is there a trigger for an asthma attack?

Triggers...: There can be triggers for asthma exacerbation including allergic triggers, infectious triggers, environmental triggers, etc. Sometimes, an allergist can verify asthma triggers in an individual patient. Some triggers can be avoided once identified. See your doctor to identify your triggers! ...Read more

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How to know it is my first asthma attack?

Hard to tell: A good history and spirometry test will give your physician am excellent way to diagnosis asthma. If your first attack is bothering you, get your physiican to test you. Good luck. ...Read more

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Asthma Exacerbation In Children (Definition)

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